Marriage is a profound journey, one that demands courage, determination, and resilience. It’s not for the faint-hearted. But amidst the challenges and trials, what truly sustains a marriage? What enables it to weather storms and emerge stronger?

Successful marriages thrive on a foundation of mutual respect and genuine enjoyment of each other’s company. Couples who stand the test of time intimately understand one another – their likes, dislikes, quirks, hopes, and dreams. They demonstrate a profound respect for each other and express affection in myriad ways, both grand and subtle, each day. Even amid the hustle and bustle of life, they prioritize staying connected.

This connection isn’t merely superficial. They engage in meaningful conversations, reaching out during the day to check in and offer support. They show up for each other, even in situations or activities that may not be their cup of tea, simply because it matters to their partner. These seemingly small gestures maintain the deep friendship that underpins their love.

The result? Their marriage continues to grow, they continue to be interested and grow in love with one another in contrast to those who lose touch with their partner’s daily lives. Friendship serves as the bedrock of their romance, shielding them from hostility and fostering grace and respect, even during inevitable disagreements.

For those facing challenges, marriage counseling, couples therapy, or relationship therapy can provide invaluable tools to nurture and strengthen the bond. These avenues offer guidance and support to navigate the complexities of marriage, helping couples rediscover the essence of their union and reignite the flame of love.

Dr. Baya Mebarek, Psy.D.,LMFT